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April 21, 2012

Man found guilty in child molesting case

NEW CASTLE — A Lawrence County jury has found a North Beaver Township man guilty of sexually molesting a young girl.

The panel was selected Monday for Andrew David Perry, 24, of Cleland Mill Road. He was charged with attempted rape of a child less than 13 years of age, attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

Following a four-day trial, the jury on Thursday returned a verdict of guilty on all counts after deliberating for about 90 minutes.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge John W. Hodge, set Perry’s jail bond at $25,000. He remains in the Lawrence County jail.

Perry’s defense attorney was Phillip L. Clark Jr.

Assistant District Attorney R. Jonathan Miller represented the Commonwealth.

Testimony was provided by both the defendant and the victim, who is now 17. She said she was 7 years old when Perry first told her to remove her clothing and inappropriately touched her and ordered her to touch him. She said this continued until she was about 10.

She said the encounters escalated between 2002 and 2005, and Perry molested her on a regular basis when she visited in Wampum.

Trooper Harry Gustafson Jr. filed charges against Perry in September, 2010. He said in 2009, the victim, then 14, attended an FBI seminar dealing with sexual assault, rape, sexting and related topics at her school in suburban Pittsburgh. Following the seminar, the victim met with a counselor and reported the abuse, the trooper said.

She was interviewed by several forensic investigators at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and the state police before charges were filed, he said.

Perry’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled. However, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years incarceration on the aggravated indecent assault conviction.

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